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2016 Field Trip Schedule

WHAT TO BRING: If the trip is scheduled to go beyond 11:00 a.m., bring a lunch. Binoculars are essential; scopes, field guides, insect repellant, layered clothing and waterproof footwear are suggested. Notice that even trips which don't have a set leader will still take place - we'll all pitch in and have a good trip anyhow.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Unless noted, all trips take place regardless of normal rain and snowy weather. However, trips will be canceled in extreme blizzard conditions.

1. Spur-of-the-moment Stony Bird Walk - Leader: Ruth Glass
Jan. 2 (Saturday)

Fellow Stony Birdwatchers, I cannot let this rare opportunity to view the thousands of waterfowl at Stony in early January slip by! The presence of several Trumpeter Swans at Baypoint Beach has been the icing on the cake. Please join me at 10am this Saturday at Baypoint Beach to check everything out close-up through a spotting scope. If you have access to a scope, please bring it. We will discuss the differences between dabblers, divers, and ‘sea ducks.’ If time and weather permits, we hope to make a second stop on the lake, and perhaps take a run up to the Inwood Trails to check progress on the eagle nest undergoing refurbishment in anticipation of spring nesting season. Be sure to bundle up – even in these relatively warm temps, the wind chill on Baypoint Beach will be in the single digits, or zero. I hope to see you Saturday to get your bird list for 2016 off to a fine start!

2. Higgins Lake Science and Nature Retreat/TES Conference
February 5 - 7 (Friday - Sunday)

TES Winter Weekend at Higgins Lake. Contact Ann Brothers at 734-385-4233 (Home) or 734-218-4424 (Cell) and let her know if you are interested and I’ll make sure you get the info.

3. Belle Isle Shiver on the River - Leader: Self Led
February 6th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m.

Check out lots of activities and opportunities to watch for birds! Event is from 10am to 3pm. Watch for this month's presenter on the second floor display. More info is available at the Shiver on the river website or see their pamphlet.

4. Kensington Metropark - Leader: Colleen Traylor
March 26 (Saturday) 10:00am

Bring your birdseed for the birds and food and water for yourselves. We may see the Great Horned Owl that I've heard nesting at the Heron rookery. That would be cool. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot at 10am. Entrance fee required.

5. Lake St. Clair Metropark Big Day Count - Leader: Julie Champion
May 11 (Saturday) 7:00 a.m.(Approx. duration: 5 hrs.)

This annual count demonstrates the importance of Lake St. Clair Metropark's shoreline, woods, fields, and wetlands as a vital migrating stop. Birders of all levels are needed to help. Call Julie at 586-463-4332 for volunteer information. Coffee and doughnuts are provided. Bring a lunch. Park is at the far east end of Metro Parkway (16 Mile Rd.) Meet at the Nature Center. Entrance fee is required.

6. East Tawas Birding Festival - Leader: Colleen
May 20 - 23 (Fri - Sun)

We have 10 rooms at ‘The Bambi’ and they are all taken, these rooms are for you regulars and you know who you are, yes? Very important: Contact me ASAP to let me know if you plan to attend and if you will be staying the extra night. If you wish to attend and do not have a room I have started a waiting list in case of a cancellation or to make reservations right next door for the over flow. Cool, yeah I like that, then we can all still be together. When I hear from you, whelp, same as above. Of course we will be having our infamous Saturday night pot luck. And come on people, make something cool to bring.

7. Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge - Leader: Colleen
June 4 (Saturday) TBD

Well here tis - the trip we’ve all been waiting for!!! More info to come. Just wanted you to have the date so you can be aware and prepare.


8. 118th Christmas Bird Count - Leader: Barb Baldinger
Dec. 16 (Saturday)

For over a century, the National Audubon Society has collected data from volunteers throughout the country on early-winter bird populations. Saturday, December 16th will be the date of Macomb Audubon Society's 42nd year of participating in the Western Macomb County Christmas Bird Count. If you have never participated in this annual event, please think about volunteering to help count the birds in our area. Many of our Macomb Audubon members look forward to this special birding occasion. We meet for a hot soup/chili supper at the end of the day, followed by a tally of all birds counted.

Sign up sheets will be available at the November and December membership meetings. After signing up, you will be assigned to a leader in an area with other birders. Please offer to split the cost of gas among the participants in each car.

Area leaders will receive their packets at the December membership meeting. The tally supper will be held on the same evening of the count at 5:00 PM in the Nature Center at Stony Creek Metropark (click here for map). . Please consider volunteering to bring a crock-pot of chili, soup, snack or dessert to the tally. Participants, remember to bring your own soup bowl, plate and eating utensils.

If you wish to participate and are unable to attend the meetings please call Barb Baldinger at 586-263-6530 or email barbarab@tir.com.

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